A Welcome Short Sharp Scratch from Jak Chantler

 

If you can expect quality new music from anyone today, Jak Chantler is certainly someone you can trust. Cutting his teeth in the alt-grunge band ‘Kingskin’ and tipped as Kerrang’s “best new unsigned band”, Chantler is changing his musical direction and the change is more than welcome.

His new single ‘Shell Suit’, crafted by him and producer George Shilling is a joyous dance through a world of sunlight and soul that calls on the old school funk vibes of Chic and Chaka Khan. The groove and feel of the song is undeniable and the lyrics talk of love and life in a nuanced and poetic manner that will tug at the heartstrings of any human being that knows what it is to dive head first into love.

As the ultimate combination of songwriter/producer, Jak is perceptively aware of the current trends in this contemporary age of music where there is so much choice. The new project seemingly has no limits as he aims to meet the demands of the savvy modern day listener.

More on Jak and Short Sharp Scratch here!

Links

https://twitter.com/Short_Scratch

https://www.facebook.com/shortsharpscratchmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/user-700614968/sets/shell-suit-release/s-3Fii1

 

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Les Kirsh returns

Soul is what Les Kirsh was all about. Soul is what Les Kirsh is still all about, now that he has resumed his singing career after many years away from the spotlight.

Just as Les’ career was picking up during the mid 70s, an unfortunate car crash put an end to his glory days, until now. Since his son uncovered a host of recordings from back in the day, he has urged his father to get back to what he does best.

Consequently, Les joined forces with famed producer Andy Whitmore, who took these old recordings and re-worked them into something with a more modern sound, that still reflected Les’ humble origins in soul.

As a result, three tracks have been formed from their partnership, these being: ‘Say’, ‘La La La’ and ‘Tell Me To My Face’, which take on elements of reggae, pop, dance and of course, soul, which is always at the heart of Les’ music. His adaptability only goes to show his prowess as a fully-fledged songwriter extraordinaire.

Check out Les’ tracks on Soundcloud below:

 

Find out more on Les Kirsh here:

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

ImSoMaleek LP Review

ImSoMaleek a Wyclef Jean protegé from Brooklyn, will be releasing his debut album, Insomniak, later next month. No stranger to the world of music, ImSoMaleek was lead singer in a band with his two older brothers 3on3 and also appeared in the Broadway Musical Lion King as well as venturing into other music endeavours.

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With the guiding hand of Wyclef Jean and drawing from influences such as Usher, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, ImSoMaleek brings out a solid debut album, blending R&B, soul, while adding touches of pop, and drawing on his roots in classical training.

Tipped to become a familiar name in the R&B world, as well as the world of popular music, this debut album is overall a fine achievement. The album has a smooth flowing contemporary sound with stand out tracks including, Sometimes ft. Oswin Benjamin, and Raindrops, a ballad with poignant lyrics and which best displays his vocal talents. Overall, a compelling debut from someone who we will probably see a lot more of in the future.

To find out more, follow these links:

https://twitter.com/ImSoMaleek?lang=en-gb

https://www.instagram.com/ImSoMaleek/

https://www.youtube.com/user/MaleekTv

Our top recommendation this week is…

Lianne La Havas!

Having grown huge numbers of fans since her break-through track “Is Your Love Big Enough?” in 2012 she is still a fresh voice in the crowd.

Her 2015 album Blood is one not to be missed out of your collection.

Maintaining the elegance of her folk-soul beginnings, the Londoner explores bolder directions on her second album. Announcing this new daring, the psychedelic soul of opener “Unstoppable” slips into a warm, snapping groove on “Green & Gold”. From the gritty pop strut of “What You Don’t Do” to the delicate “Wonderful”, Blood’s changing tones suit an agile voice that can shift from fragility to fire in a captivating instant.

https://soundcloud.com/liannelahavas/unstoppable

She has more recently released an EP Blood Solo. It’s a collection of songs from the album “Blood” but interpreted completely solo – just by Lianne and a series of guitars.
The EP also includes one brand new song entitled “Fairytale”.

Click here to buy “Blood (Solo)” on iTunes

Check out her website here

REVIEW: Ronoc delivers new single ‘No More’

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This invigorating blend of pop, rock and soul is the work of singer-songwriter Ronoc.

It revolves lyrically around a struggling relationship, Ronoc injecting genuine emotion into his vocal performance.

The instrumental meanwhile is a vaguely jazzy mix of guitars and folksy violins.

It follows the success of his previous single ‘Battling on’.

Check out the track below:

Enigmatic pop songstress Elaine Blake brings out debut single

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Nottingham native Elaine Blake is a dynamic gospel and soul singer with a passion for pop is set to unveil her new single ‘The Backdoor Man’ early next year. Having worked on numerous radio stations and played with jazz bands and girl gospel groups, Elaine is ready to unveil her own creative offering.

Elaine Blake was born in Clarendon – Jamaica and raised in Nottingham. She spent most of her adolescent there and was joined in the holy union of marriage in the jewel of the Midlands. Politically minded, Elaine spent 12 years as a local councillor in Newcastle where she encountered people from all walks of life that subsequently inspired her music and lyricism. She wanted to embody what makes people happy and put on smile on people’s faces.

She describes herself as a sensual, spicy and happy go lucky person and her music translates these qualities perfectly. Her latest offering ‘Back Door Man’ is a joyous song inspired by her eldest son’s love for cooking in the kitchen at the back of the house and the beauty of friendship.

Elaine cites influences ranging from RnB, soul and pop and sounds like a combination of Macey Gray and Tracy Chapman by way of Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan. She has mastered the ability of writing a catchy song with meaning and is well on her way to cementing herself as a pop staple with the short, sharp and sensual hit ‘The Backdoor Man’

The new single from Elaine Blake is out on February 12th

Links:

https://twitter.com/blakeisaac2

https://www.facebook.com/elaine.blake.589

TBH events presents The Great Voices Of Soul

O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester – Fri 13 Nov 2015

SSE Arena, Wembley – 15th November 2015

02 Academy  Birmingham  – Mon 16 November 2015

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Supported by Smooth Radio and presented by TBH events, the show will be a must-see for fans of true soul music, and for live music fans who want to see how these innovative artists shaped the pop music landscape as we see it today.

Patti LaBelle

The Whispers

Soul II Soul

The S.O.S. Band

Loose Ends

Gwen Dickey

Meli’sa Morgan

Ticket outlets:

www.AXS.com (Box Office) www.Ticketmaster.co.uk

www.Seetickets.com

www.Gigantic.com

Tickets: £50, £60, £75, £80, £100

Promoters: http://www.tbhevents.uk/

Live Wembley Perfomance

Almost too good to be true, this line-up is one that celebrates the beauty of soul music through the decades, and will make for an unbelievable night of entertainment and spectacle – all taking place at the ‘SSE Arena, Wembley, November 15th.#

The list of incredible talent on hand for the ‘Voices of Soul’ includes:

Patti LaBelle

The Whispers

Soul II Soul

The S.O.S. Band

Loose Ends

Gwen Dickey

Meli’sa Morgan

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Ticket outlets:

www.AXS.com (Box Office) www.Ticketmaster.co.uk

www.Seetickets.com

www.Gigantic.com

Tickets: £50, £60, £75, £80, £100

Promoters: http://www.tbhevents.uk/

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